• In person learning - child wearing mask while working off of laptop.

Strategic Plan



Budget

    • Student-Centered FY21 BPS Budget and $100M Three-Year Investment
      • Expanded Arts, Physical Education and Science in 33 Transformational Schools
      • Added Instructional Facilitators for increased focus on academics in Transformation Schools 
      • Added additional K2 Paraprofessionals 
      • Expanded Dual Language supports for English-language learners
      • Created new Ethnic Studies Curriculum 
      • Created a new position in the Office of Equity to support LGBTQ students
      • Offered Exam School and SAT exams at no cost to students and during the school day 
      • Launched an expanded K-8 Literacy Initiative 
      • Invested in significant technology upgrades to support remote learning including computers, microphones as well as headphones and software
      • Opened inaugural dual language Vietnamese classroom 

     

    • Return, Recover, Reimagine FY22 Budget with $36M Increase
      • School building readiness efforts in response to COVID-19 to ensure safe reopening of facilities 
      • Direct support schools experiencing enrollment declines
      • Additional social workers to provide a multi-tiered system of support for students
      • Additional multilingual family liaisons
      • Additional custodians


Academics

  • Student learning from home

    • Tens of thousands of packets printed and distributed over a single weekend so that students started off remote learning with assignments
    • Professional development and access to resources prior to the start to remote learning for the new school year
    • Remote Learning Website established and Multilingual resources / Library launched
    • Additional literacy coaching and support for transformation schools
    • Adopted high quality literacy instructional materials
    • Collaboration with BNN Network to produce learning videos and experiences for our students and teachers
    • Remote Learning plan completed in May 2020 following closure of school buildings, updated in Summer 2020 in advance of the new school year
    • Moved to full inclusion in two schools, nine classrooms for students with emotional impairment
    • Implementation of equitable literacy strategy in Transformation Schools
    • Introduced the Culturally Responsive Instruction Observation Protocol (CRIOP) to operationalize our anti-racist focus in classroom instruction - The CRIOP is the only research based tool for guiding practitioners in their development as culturally responsive educators
    • Introduced TalkingPoints software which allows for delivering languages in multiple languages via text message providing new access to multilingual families


Technology

  • Staff member carrying laptops for students.

    • We have provided 55,000 Chromebooks to students so that every student who requested a Chromebook received a Chromebook
    • We have provided over 6,000 Internet vouchers, hotspots, and other access to home wifi for students
    • Videos providing guidance to students families on how to access various online platforms shared in multiple languages


Food

  • Food distribution site More than 5 million meals served or delivered to families

    • Number of meals served to date under COVID restrictions - 4,628,070
    • Number of meals delivered to sites - 1,317,690
    • Number of daily hours allocated at schools to help cook, prep, serve and distribute meals - 2,859
    • Number of grocery bags distributed - over 40,000
    • Volunteer Hours at BPS Food Distribution Sites: 9,313
    • Volunteer Hours at BPS Food Packaging and Delivery Sites: 2,199
    • Number of evening hours available for meal distribution services - 4,752
    • We began producing fresh meals at more than 20 schools leading to more than 250,000 of those meals

    View the numbers



Supports

  • Socially distanced classroom

    • Nearly 600 families have received housing vouchers directly through BPS referrals, while over 400 of these families have been housed to date. 
    • Behavioral Health Services (BHS) has provided individual or group counseling services to over 1,200 students since the closure
    • BHS has completed 2,330 psychological evaluations and 100 sociological evaluations since school closure
    • BHS has provided over 720 crisis interventions since school closure
    • BHS has provided tier 2 services to over 650 students since school closure
    • District-wide use of the Panorama platform to document and monitor school-based student support plans

    BHS YTD Report



Equity

  • Student reading in class

    • We initiated Community Equity Roundtables to elevate student and family voice and connect with students, families, advocates, and City residents
    • We also initiated school-based Equity Roundtables toward the same outcomes
    • The Racial Equity Planning tool was completed to complete a Reopening Equity Analysis including input from community stakeholders


Facilities

  • Worker repairing windows

    • We repaired more than 12,000 of the 27,000 windows in the district
    • We delivered thousands of masks for students and staff
    • We secured 7,500 air purifiers
    • We updated air filters where applicable
    • We are monitoring classroom temperatures
    • Air quality and air exchange testing at every building in fall and winter
    • We issued a request for proposals to start using data loggers in all schools to continuously monitor air quality
    • We launched a data dashboard to report on attendance and engagement
    • More than 100 tents installed to assist with safe distancing during meals


Health/Health Monitoring

  • Student being tested for COVID

    • We have free COVID-19 testing for staff and students in all schools
    • We launched a data dashboard to report on confirmed positive student and staff cases in schools to increase transparency in reporting


School Reopening Timeline

      • September: All students start the year in remote learning 
      • October: Schools buildings open for in-person learning for students with the highest needs, prior to temporarily closing due to increasing community transmission rates 
      • November: Schools buildings open for students at Carter, Henderson, Horace Mann, and McKinley
      • December: 28 additional school buildings open for students with in-person priority (HIPP)
      • February: Additional students with HIPP return to in-person learning; all school buildings open
      • March: All school buildings and grade levels open; students learn in person 2 to 4 days per week
      • April: full-time in-person learning starts for grades K0-8
      • May: full-time in-person learning starts for grades 9-12

      School Reopening Highlights:

      Building Readiness (highlight Building Readiness Reports)

      Health and Safety Protocols (highlight student testing in school)

      Data Dashboard to provide transparency 

      Five agreements with Boston Teachers Union





Hiring

    • The total percentage of educator hires (including teachers and guidance counselors) who identified as people of color surpassed 50%, growing the BPS workforce to nearly 54% people of color 
    • Black educators comprised of 31% of all hires 
    • 16% of hires were Latinx
    • BPS hired its first ever LGBTQ+ Student Support Manager to assist schools and students to create welcoming environments for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, or queer and their families, including conducting training on LGBTQ+ student identity and supporting transition planning for students


Engaging the Team

  • A top component of the BPS Strategic Plan is to amplify all voices. Part of that commitment includes creating opportunities for members of Team BPS to provide direct feedback to leadership. Specifically, Superintendent Cassellius has implemented two forums for engagement.

    Wiki Wisdom:

      • Superintendent Cassellius and Boston Teachers Union (BTU) President Jessica Tang launched an online forum where all BPS educators and team members could contribute their ideas on how best to return, recover, and reimagine
      • 201 members of the BPS education community responded to this unique online conversation between February 25 and March 25, 2021. In total, they posted 113 ideas and 179 comments
      • A group of engaged participants presented their recommendations to Superintendent Cassellius and BTU President Tang
      • BPS has utilized the information to guide conversations around school budgets and allocation of federal relief funds

    Gallup Survey:

      • Superintendent Cassellius launched the Gallup Survey with all BPS employees in May 2021 to gather feedback on employee engagement
      • The results are being shared with district leadership to develop a plan to address all challenges
      • Results showed high levels of engagement in the mission of BPS and relationships among team members
      • Results also showed a need for greater alignment between departments and high levels of responsiveness to schools


New Policies